Jules Thomas hits back at ex Ian Bailey and rubbishes claims she dumped him by letter
She claims she did not dump him by letter and their relationship had long been over
Ian Bailey’s ex-girlfriend Jules Thomas has broken her silence and has rubbished claims she dumped him by letter — but said her daughter wrote to him telling him to leave the house.
Writing in the Big Issue , 64-year-old Ian — who was the prime suspect in the 1996 Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder — claimed he was dumped by a letter left on the kitchen table addressed to him in her West Cork home, The Prairie, last March.
But Jules told The Star she did not dump him by letter, insisting their relationship had long been over and instead allowed her daughter to write to him to tell him to leave her rural home she had shared with him — even after their breakup.
The landscape artist told us: “A letter was written but not by me. I had been asking him very nicely to find somewhere else to live for quite a long time.
“It was just a point that my daughters felt it was gone on too long and it passed its sell-by date and all the rest of it.
“The letter was about him having to leave the property.”
The Welsh native said Mr Bailey looked stunned when he read the letter, which she left on the kitchen table for him
“He did sit at the end of the kitchen table. I don’t think I was out when he read it.
“He’s not got his facts clear anyway. He was looking pretty stunned, and I realised he must’ve read it. I knew it had come in the post because I recognised my daughter’s handwriting.
“It was addressed to him.”
Asked if she dumped him by letter, she said: “No. He would think that.
“I asked him to go many times. I just found it was coming to the end of the road really. I was worn out.”
Ian said this week: “In March a letter arrived hand addressed to me. I remember Jules putting it down on the kitchen table. I did not recognise the writing and opened it wondering who it was from and what message it would contain.
“It was written by a third party at Jules’ behest informing me that she wanted me out of her life and out of the house. Our journey was at an end.
“The shock was profound. What Jules had done was to get another person to write a goodbye letter which, with the benefit of hindsight, I guess she had not had the courage to write herself.”
But Jules said she had already asked him “very nicely” to vacate her property. Her daughter’s letter to him was the final straw.
“I tried to explain to him many times we were done and he was just not going to budge until my daughter said — I didn’t ask her to write it but she is quite good with words — so it obviously did the trick.”
Jules also revealed she does not have any contact with Mr Bailey and has no idea where he lives now.
“Oh yeah. Very briefly about post. I don’t know where he is. I haven’t a clue, unless you saw it yourself, I wouldn’t believe it. Get your information first-hand,” she said.
Opening up about her split from Ian, she said someone told her it was “the best decision” she ever made, saying she’s trying to move on from the stress over the last 24 years.
“I’m trying to move on. I’ve done enough. 24 years of stress. It was very stressful and he was really… like he’d say, ‘Oh I’ve got no one else to talk to’. So I thought, ‘Oh God’. It was like a crap record really. It was same old, same old.
“It is a ghastly situation for anybody to be trapped in, but I was trapped as well until he went.”
She’s also noticed she’s being commissioned to paint more works of art since becoming single. “Someone said it is the best thing I ever did. I can’t believe how much work I’ve had,” said Jules.